Japan Tour 2020
Japan Tour 2020
March 10, 2020
It's Tokyo, Japan this Sunday March 15th 2020 for three of ProKick’s talented teenagers; Grace Goody, James Braniff and Jay Snoddon, as they are ready for another epic trip to Japan, to compete for the ALL Japan K1 amateur Kickboxing championships all set for this Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Follow their movements from travelling to sight-seeing and watch them LIVE when they compete.
Day1: Well guys - here’s a quick up-date of our first day in Tokyo Japan.
Bus to Dublin, good flight Dublin-London then non-stop to Tokyo. All good flights, airports were easy with no queues or waiting around, dead actually with the flights half-full - this is all due to the Coronavirus out-break.
Arrived in Tokyo 45 mins ahead of schedule, a nice comfortable flight with BA. Customs in Tokyo, a dream. Straight through no hanging around or long delays.
A pleasant surprise meeting at Narita airport - our team bumped into K1 fight legend, Mr Peter Aerts and international matcher Mr Toshimitsu Nakazaki who will be back in Belfast for our June event.
The team collected their portable Wifi’s, made the express bus and 1.45 hour later hit Shinjuku.
Met former ProKick fighter Mark Bird at Shinjuku station - a quick 10 minute dander got us to the hotel. Showered up changed the team hit the ground running - a quick tour through the Shinjuku area, lunch down town (not say what we had). After lunch, next stop was the world famous Sky Tower with some of the best panoramic views over Tokyo.
Mark Bird, has been living, fights & working in Tokyo for the past 2 years. Mark just nailed himself a new job with group 360 a corporate personal training company offering top class PT’s to some of the biggest business people coming through the city. We have a grand tour of his premises, ‘Very impressive’ will have photos up later.
It was back to the hotel for an early first night (everyone was busted) landed back to the hotel for 8;30pm ready for Day2 of ProKick’s Japan tour of 2020.
Day2 of ProKick 2020 tour of Tokyo, Japan.
First up was a Run through Tokyo. We ended up at the Park Hyatt for the best breakfast in Tokyo. Unfortunately the CoronaVirus strikes again! Breakfast Buffet cancelled, so disappointing but the breakfast they give us was fit for a King along with an implacable exquisite Sevice.
Exploring the hotel where the movie lost in translation was filmed staring Bill Murray.
Running back to our hotel....
Off we go - hitting the road again to meet Mark Bird at Tokyo Station for an exciting second day in Tokyo... later 👊🇯🇵
Three of Northern Ireland’s young sporting stars received a touch of #VIP treatment when invited to the British Embassy in Tokyo - all ahead of their #championship matches this Sunday.
The invite came by way from Mr Mark Graham from Invest Northern Ireland to a Pre St Patrick’s reception at the British Embassy #Tokyo.
We appreciated the invite and the warm welcome received from Mr Graham and his guests. A massive thanks to Mr Stuart Harvey from Datactics for setting the meeting up for us, it wouldn’t have been possible without your help.
Mr Mark Graham from InvestNI hosted a Pre St Patrick’s reception at the British Embassy Tokyo.
Day3 of ProKick 2020 tour of Tokyo, Japan.
Breakfast was good at the Granbell hotel, but it wasn't the Tokyo's Park Hyatt! I said before it must be the best in this city, if anyone know somewhere better in Tokyo please drop the team a line.
Off we went on a walking tour around the Shibuya area famous for the CrossRoads, (video will be post when we're home)
Met up with Mark Bird and headed to Harajuku and the world famous Kawaii Monster Cafe (again photo and Video later) the Kids were blown away with what they saw, we had a colourful lunch there too.
We started to explore Yoyogi Park for Japan's famous Cherry Blossom, until it started throwing down but not rain it was sleet. The Park is a must see we seen really none of it.
Back to Shinjuku, left Mark and we headed back to the hotel for an early night>
Photo's to follow
Japan's most popular meeting point in the heart of Tokyo
One of Japan's unofficial landmarks, the Hachiko statue in Shibuya is a homage to the faithful Akita dog who waited at Shibuya Station every day for his master, even after his death. Today, it's one of the most popular meeting places in Tokyo.
Hachikō was a Japanese Akita dog remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, for whom he continued to wait for over nine years following Ueno's death. Hachikō was born on November 10, 1923, at a farm near the city of Ōdate, Akita Prefecture. Wikipedia
Born: November 10, 1923, Odate, Akita
Died: March 8, 1935, Shibuya City, Tokyo
Breed: Akita Inu
Species: Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)
Height: 64 cm (2 ft 1 in)
Day4 - It's Fight Day 15th March and we are on our way to the venue. More from later. Watch the event LIVE
Results from Tokyo, Japan. A missive thanks to the people who help make financial contributions towards this trip: ProKickers, Johnny Smith, Kathryn Warren, Susanne Russell, ProKick Gym. The parents of our team and the global technology firm based in Belfast, Datactics.
And of course well done to my ProKick team of young champions, you were all great!
Roll on the next one.